University of Louisville Yearbooks

Full-text searchable digital versions of University of Louisville Yearbooks from 1909 to 1950 are now available online. Others (through the final edition in 1982) will be added in the coming months.  

University of Louisville students produced their first yearbook, The Colonel, in 1909. The Colonel apparently ceased publication after the 1912 edition, leaving a gap in the documentation of student life until 1922, when its successor, The Kentucky Cardinal, began monthly publication during the school year, with the June edition serving as a de facto yearbook. By 1924, the school year-end annual edition of The Kentucky Cardinal had been renamed The Thoroughbred, a title which lasted until 1972, despite a somewhat sporadic publishing record (no issues were produced in 1932, 1934-1938, 1943, 1945-1946, and 1970-1971).

During and after World War II two small publications were created to fill the gap while The Thoroughbred was on hiatus: The Key (1943) and The Class Cards (1946). The Thoroughbred Magazine briefly replaced the yearbook from 1969-1971, with multiple issues (four the first year and three thereafter) including poetry in addition to photographs. The Thoroughbred yearbook reappeared in 1972 for one last time, then, after another year without a yearbook (1973), it was replaced by The Déjà Vu (1974-1976). After another gap (1977-1978), the last major attempt at a UofL yearbook, Minerva, was produced from 1979-1980 and again in 1982 (there is no 1981 yearbook).

This digital collection contains full-text searchable digital versions of University of Louisville yearbooks. The yearbooks are being scanned in chronological order, and the digital collection will be updated in phases as groups of scans are completed and cataloged. Magazines (such as The Kentucky Cardinal monthly publications and The Thoroughbred quarterly publications) and yearbooks for individual schools (such as the School of Dentistry’s Plugger and the School of Law’s Jeffersonian) are not intended for inclusion at this time.

The collection includes several images of the law school building and photographs from the aforementioned yearbooks and publications. The best means for locating these items is to visit the collection's homepage and enter "law" in the search box labeled "Search the Yearbooks", then click Go.